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The Goal: The Theory of Constraints by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
In The Goal, the intent of the reading is to introduce and emphasize the basic concepts of bottlenecks, flow, single piece flow and buffers, among others. The book is formatted as a novel, not a textbook, about the manager of a failing manufacturing plant who must save the operation from closure in three months.
The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge
In The Fifth Discipline, Senge makes clear that in the long run the only sustainable competitive advantage is the organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition. He describes how companies can rid themselves of the learning “disabilities” that threaten their productivity and success by adopting the strategies of learning organizations—ones in which new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, collective aspiration is set free, and people are continually learning how to create results they truly desire.
Critical Chain by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
Critical Chain is about project management and builds upon The Goal. In this novel, characters debate and learn why projects often run overdue and over budget, or finish with less completed than originally specified. The characters debate critical path vs. non-critical path tasks, early vs. late start, resource conflicts, safety buffers in each task, negotiating with subcontractors and suppliers, as well as the erroneous progress accounting/measurement techniques that give everyone a false sense of progress toward completion.
The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
The One Minute Manager is a concise, easily read story that reveals three very practical secrets: One Minute Goals, One Minute Praisings, and One Minute Reprimands. The book also presents several studies in medicine and the behavioral sciences that clearly explain why these apparently simple methods work so well with so many people. By the book’s end you will know how to apply them to your own situation and enjoy the benefits.
Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results by Mike Rother
Toyota Kata explains in clear how-to detail a way of managing people that makes a company more adaptive, innovative and constantly improving. Although the research was done in manufacturing facilities and with an eye on Toyota, Toyota Kata is more about developing and utilizing human capabilities in organizations. In short, this book lays out a management approach for today’s dynamic conditions. This is not only one of the most noteworthy books on lean management, but an insightful and practical new guide for any manager or leader.